Haredi minister endorses march calling to establish new settlements in Gaza

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

United Torah Judaism leader Housing Minister Yitzhak Goldknopf in Tel Aviv on February 4, 2024. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
United Torah Judaism leader Housing Minister Yitzhak Goldknopf in Tel Aviv on February 4, 2024. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Housing and Construction Minister Yitzhak Goldknopf, head of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party, releases a video message endorsing an Independence Day march demanding renewed Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip.

“It is very important to identify with this march and afterwards to take part in the mass gathering in Sderot,” he says.

According to organizers, buses bringing participants will come from all over the country for the demonstration, which has also been endorsed by far-right Otzma Yehudit MK Limor Son Har-Melech, who has said she will be attending with her family.

Unusually for an ultra-Orthodox politician, Goldknopf has lately been an outspoken advocate for resettling Gaza, whose 21 settlements were dismantled in 2005 during the Disengagement. This January, he was one of 11 government ministers and 15 coalition lawmakers who attended a mass conference advocating the rebuilding of Jewish Israeli settlements in the heart of the Gaza Strip.

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